Melissa Nakasuji brings a variety of coaching experience to her job as assistant coach at Adrian College. Over the past eight years, she has coached peewee boys’ box lacrosse as well as U-15, U-17 and U-19 girls’ field lacrosse in Ontario, Canada. In 2011, she gained valuable experience completing a coaching internship at Limestone College under the guidance of head coach Scott Tucker.
As a player, Nakasuji competed for Limestone College in Gaffney, S.C. from 2008-11. While there, she helped lead the Lady Saints to four consecutive Conference Carolinas Regular Season and Tournament championships. Nakasuji and the Lady Saints made appearances in the NCAA Division II Tournament each of her four years at Limestone, playing in the semi finals as a freshman and a sophomore, the quarter finals as a junior, and the national championship final as a senior.
During her playing career at Limestone, the native of Ajax, Ontario, Canada played defense. She started 73 of the 77 games she played in and is currently ranked second all-time in time played with 4,187 minutes. In four seasons, she compiled 61 ground balls, 24 draw controls and 20 caused turnover and helped the Lady Saints to an impressive 67 wins. In her senior year, she served as team captain.
As a result of her prowess on the field, Nakasuji garnered a number of individual awards throughout her career. In 2011, she was recognized as an All-American Honorable Mention by USACollegeLacrosse.com and was named to the IWLCA North-South All-Star game. She was named as an All-Conference Carolinas selection twice, in 2010 and 2011, and earned All-Tournament honors in 2011.
In June 2012, Nakasuji graduated from the University of Ontario Institute of Technology with a Bachelor of Education. She also holds a Bachelor of Science from Limestone College, with a double major in Physical Education and Strength & Conditioning, and a minor in Coaching.